Suicide Rate for Young Women on the Rise

The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. is increasing at a steadier pace than the rate for boys and young men, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday. From 2007 to 2013, the report found the suicide rate for young women climbed from 2.2 to 3.4 per 100,000; the rate for young men rose from 10.7 to 11.9 per 100,000. While the suicide rate for boys and young men remains three times higher than the female rate for ages 10 to 24, the rate for young females is climbing at a faster pace. The findings mark the highest rate for females since a rate of 3.1 in 1981, when tracking first began; the rate for young males appears to have leveled off in recent years. There were a total of 5,264 suicides among young people in 2013.